Utah transportation officials relaunch Cottonwood Canyons sticker program
Utah transportation officials are bringing back a winter safety program for drivers who don't want to waste time heading up the Cottonwood Canyons during heavy powder days.
Details: The Utah Department of Transportation's Cottonwood Canyons sticker program marks that a vehicle's tires and traction devices have been pre-inspected for winter driving conditions.
Driving the news: The program restarted this week and will run until Feb. 28, 2024.
Why it matters: Little and Big Cottonwood Canyons, home to four popular ski destinations, are prone to bumper-to-bumper traffic, aptly referred to as "the red snake," after snow storms.
- When Utah's traction law is in effect, it could take a long time for officials to inspect vehicles' ability to handle the road conditions.
- "The more vehicles that we can get preapproved, the faster you're going to get up to enjoy your experience," said Shawn Wright, UDOT's Cottonwood Stations supervisor, per KSL.com.
Of note: The stickers are free and not required to enter either canyon.
- Even if you have a sticker, an inspection may still take place to ensure safety.
How it works: Drivers can take their cars to participating auto service shops to get them inspected after filling out an online form on UDOT's website.
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